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fjimenez1224 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 17, 2011 at 4:59 AM via web

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Who are the main characters and who are the secondary characters in Song Of Solomon by Toni Morrison?

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM (Answer #1)

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The main characters, I would argue, are Milkman Dead, Pilate Dead, and Guitar.  The novel focuses on Milkman and his search for individuality, his identity, and escape from his present. Guitar, his friend, and Pilate, his aunt,  create the core of Milkman's understanding of the world in that he spends the most time with them, travels with them and learns from them. 

The secondary characters are Macon Dead, Milkman's father, Hagar, Milkman's girlfriend and Pilate's granddaughter.  In addition, I would add Susan Byrd and Circe, who provide Milkman with information about his past.

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